The United Liberation Front of Asom – Independent (ULFA-I) has congratulated Assam’s Lovlina Borgohain for bringing laurels to Assam by winning a bronze medal in women’s boxing in the 69 kg category at Tokyo Olympics.

The militant outfit also congratulated Lovlina’s parents and all for her achievement.

Saying that “A bold attempt is half success”, the outfit in a statement said: “By participating in a very fearful game like boxing, Lovlina has already proved her grit and determination. She has received the results of this determination and perseverance today and scripted the name of Assam in the Olympic history.”

“We feel that behind the success of Lovlina, there is the grit, sacrifice and encouragement from her parents, which should be ideal for all the guardians of Assam,” it said.

ULFA statement

“The guardians should not keep their children in the run to make them engineers, doctors or administrative officers or earn money in an easy way, but also should concentrate in the sports sector,” the outfit said.

The outfit said sport has an important role in brightening up a race’s self-respect before the people of the world and it also saves new generations from being diverted towards the wrong path.

The outfit also took the names of Nagaland’s prominent footballer T Ao, Asian Games medalist Manipur’s hockey player Nil Kamal Singh, Tikendrajit Singh and Thoiba Singh.

It also took names of Assam’s Bhogeswar Barua, who won gold in Asian Games in 800-metre race in 1966, Manipur’s Olympic medallist boxer Mary Kom, Olympian and Asian Games medallist Assam’s boxer Shiva Thapa, Angshumita Boro, Manipur’s hockey player Sushila Chanu, gold medallist at Under-20 world championship in Finland in 2018 in 400 metre race, Assam’s Hima Das and Manipur’s weightlifter Mirabai Chanu, who won a silver at Tokyo Olympics.

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